Gilford offers golf lessons for youth and adults at bolduc park

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is offering a variety of golf programs at Bolduc Park through the spring for children and adults. Youth and Adult Lessons are available at Bolduc Park in two, three-class sessions during the evening this May and June.

The session dates for youth lessons for ages 6 and up are; May 12, 19 & 26,  and June 9, 16 & 23. The session dates for adults are; May 14, 21 & 28, and June 11, 18 & 25. Both sessions have an option of a 5:30-6:30 p.m. or a 6:30-7:30 p.m. time slot. A Junior Golf League will also be available for youth players with experience every Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. starting June 24 and running through August 26.

Cost: Youth Lessons - $50.
Adult Lessons - $70.
Junior Golf League - $5.

All programs have limited availability and registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. For more information, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Caring student intern program for teens offered at LRGHealthcare

LACONIA — LRGHealthcare is proud to once again offer local teens an opportunity to participate in the popular 'CSI' (Caring Student Intern) Program.

CSI is offered to teens between the ages of 15 and 18 who have an interest in learning about careers in healthcare. Participants will learn medical skills such as taking blood pressure and respirations, first aid, and more. Students will also be introduced to various departments throughout the hospital that provide medical services. Upon completion of the CSI program students are eligible to volunteer on nursing floors, working directly with LNA's (Licensed Nurse's Aides).

This year we will offer two one-week sessions of the CSI program. Students will have the choice between Week #1: July 13 – July 17 or Week #2: August 17 – August 21. Both sessions will be held at Lakes Region General Hospital. Wednesday of each of these sessions will be held at Franklin Regional Hospital.

Space is limited. For more information, contact the Office of Volunteer Services at 524-3211, ext. 6720 or complete an on-line teen volunteer application at All applications are due by Monday, June 1.

Training to become a guardian ad litem for abused children to be held May 16

PLYMOUTH — CASA of NH, a non-profit organization whose volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children in the NH courts, needs additional volunteers throughout the state. There is a strong contingency of current volunteer advocates that work out of the Laconia court, but not enough to keep up with the incidence of juvenile abuse and neglect cases. To address this need, applications are being taken for a pre-service training that will begin in the area on May 16.

Training will most likely take place at the CASA office located at Whole Village in Plymouth ,although there is always the possibility of switching it to Laconia if more people are from that area. The first day of training will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is an adult who has been accepted into the CASA program and has completed the pre-service training. "Our CASAs are everyday heroes who are making a meaningful and positive difference for the most vulnerable young people in our communities. Our volunteer advocates come from various backgrounds and experiences. They do not need any experience in law or social work; just a willingness to make a difference, an open mind and ability to be objective. The training is very thorough and then continuing education and support is available after the CASA accepts a case," says North Country Training & Recruitment Coordinator Jen Buteau.

CASAs are appointed by the court to independently monitor and report on abused children. They write reports with their recommendations for court hearings. Additionally, they really get to know the child or youth by meeting with them at least monthly and also talking to the various people in their lives. The volunteer advocate is expected to continue to work in this role until the child is in a safe and permanent home. While that length of time varies greatly, on average the cases are lasting approximately 22 months.

To become a CASA, one must be at least 21 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Each potential volunteer must complete and application, pass various background checks and go through a comprehensive interview to ensure it is a good fit for both the volunteer and for the organization. On average, volunteers donate ten hours a month related to their child advocate role. Some of this time is meeting with the children while the balance of it may be talking to the various adults in the child's life, reading or writing reports, brainstorming with their supervisor about resources and recommendations, researching or other case related activities.

Those interested in becoming a CASA volunteer or exploring various ways you can support CASA of NH, contact Jen Buteau at 536-1663, email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit .

NH insurance commissioner hosts lakes region public listening session

MEREDITH — New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny will host a listening session in the Lakes Region in May to solicit feedback from residents on health insurance issues.

"We are here to serve the residents of New Hampshire, and we hope these public listening sessions will provide an opportunity for them to connect with us and let us know how we can better help them," Commissioner Sevigny said. "The feedback will be used to help guide the Insurance Department as it works to improve the information and services offered to health insurance consumers in the state."

The public information session will be held on May 21 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Inter-Lakes High School Community Auditorium, 1 Laker Lane, Meredith.

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The session will be an opportunity for the Insurance Department to hear from the public. Commissioner Sevigny will discuss health insurance regulation -- including what the Department does for the public -- and will answer related questions.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department's mission is to promote and protect the public good by ensuring the existence of a safe and competitive insurance marketplace through the development and enforcement of the insurance laws of the State of New Hampshire. For more information, visit